Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has doubts over Manchester United making a move for Jadon Sancho this summer. The Red Devils are desperate to land the England international now the transfer window is open. Borussia Dortmund are demanding £100m for the ex-Manchester City winger.
However, United are hoping to agree a cut-price deal due to the affects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sancho, who broke lockdown rules this season by flying back to England, is keen to return to the Premier League in the transfer window.
And Fowler says United are overpaying for Sancho, with the Liverpool icon urging the Red Devils to find out more information before a potentially record deal.
He told the Mirror: “Which makes me wonder if all this talk of Manchester United paying £100million for Jadon Sancho can possibly be true.
“Surely not? You’d have said, though, that it would be impossible for Italian clubs to be shelling out £60m-plus on a player.
“Yet two of them have apparently done that already. Juventus, with £65m for Arthur, and Napoli a mind-boggling £75m for Victor Osimhen. Ridiculous. Ridiculous. Ridiculous.
“Yet the brutal truth about football is that a player is worth what a club will pay for him. And if that means it’s £75m in uncertain times for a 21-year-old from Lille who hasn’t even got to double figures in caps, then that’s what he’s worth.
“And if United pay £100m for Sancho – even if it’s in instalments – then that’s what he’s worth, too.
“I don’t get it personally, but I’m no accountant. Who am I to say they can’t afford such a fee if they are going to lose £200m due to the pandemic?
“I reckon it’s a simple calculation. What will the player cost compared to what he can earn for you in terms of trophies and income?”
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Sancho would slot in on the right wing at United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The winger, who netted 20 goals and chipped in with 18 assists in all competitions, would likely be an instant hit at Old Trafford.
And Fowler says United must weigh up whether Sancho is worth the cost amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Folwer added: “So many times United have got that calculation wrong in recent years, but at least Sancho fits their new philosophy.
“He’s still only 20 and is among the best in the whole of Europe. He’s done it at a high level, too. Consistently.
“If he reproduces the stats he has for Dortmund over five years elsewhere, then what’s it worth?
“I honestly don’t know. And I don’t know if there is any truth in the questions we always seem to hear about his character.
“Is he difficult just because he has been strong-willed in wanting to improve and progress? In having ambition?
“Well, I think I’d be finding out the answer to that question before blowing £100m.”
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